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8th May 2012: Transboundary Prespa puts fish and fisheries centre stage Print E-mail



A meeting on the subject of ‘Fish and Fisheries’ was held on Friday 4th May at the Pyli Information Centre in Greece run by the Prespa National Park Management Body; the meeting was attended by organisations from transboundary Prespa, including municipalities, fishery authorities, national parks, fishery co-operatives, scientists and environmental organisations. The Society for the Protection of Prespa organised the meeting as part of the LIFE+ programme: Information & Communication “Fish, Fisheries and European Policy in the Prespa Basin.” The meeting began with presentations by scientists from the three countries which share the Prespa basin, who have many years of experience researching the rare fish fauna of the lakes. The presentations were chiefly concerned with matters such as the population trends of the fish and the threats they face, as well as the core issues which need to be considered in order to protect these species and increase their population numbers. Special emphasis was given to the subject of water quality as a crucial factor for the viability of both the fish and the broader ecosystem. Following a presentation on the main parameters affecting water quality in the Prespa Lakes, given by a specialist from the B-WARE Research Centre in Holland, the participants agreed on the necessity for collaboration between the three countries to investigate water quality and to undertake joint measures.

The second part of the meeting included an open discussion of key questions concerning protection for the fish species and the development of fisheries, which require a common transboundary approach. The need to create a joint decision-making structure for the length of the closed season in spring, when the fish spawn, was one of many subjects which were discussed. It is essential that this closed period should be integrated across all three countries and that decisions be taken based on the shared requirements of stakeholders, particularly fishery co-operatives, the scientific community and the authorities for protected areas and fisheries. Another key concern brought to the table was the subject of re-stocking with carp fry. The need for this management method was called into question, as was its effectiveness over other methods which could contribute more positively to the ecosystem.

The meeting was an opportunity to take in a variety of opinions and ideas from all sides on important issues, and all the attendees agreed that the protection of fish and the development of fisheries require a transboundary approach which takes into consideration the protection of nature as well as the needs of fisheries.

Information for editors:
1) Fish are one of Prespa’s most important features due to the uniqueness of the species which live in its lakes. Lesser and Great Prespa Lakes are home to 23 fish species, 9 of which are endemic, as they are not found anywhere else in the world. These unique fish are protected by European and national legislation, and they are among the reasons Prespa has been ranked one of the ten most important Mediterranean wetlands. The survival of Prespa’s endemic fish is threatened by factors associated with the general condition of the ecosystem and inappropriate fishing practices. Water pollution, degrading of spawning grounds, introduction of non-native species through re-stocking and illegal fishing are some of the more important threats to the continued existence of these endemic species.

2) The LIFE+ programme - Information & Communication (2010-2013) “Fish, Fisheries & European Policy in the Prespa Basin” – is being implemented by the Society for the Protection of Prespa and is 50% co-financed by the European Union. The aim of the programme is to raise awareness of the rare fish species and the threats to their survival, and at the same time to encourage stakeholder organisations and citizens to actively participate in their protection.

3) At the meeting attendees were welcomed by: the Major of Prespa, Vasileios Tsepas, the President of the Prespa National Park Management Body, Nikos Yiannakis, and the Director of the Society for the Protection of Prespa, Myrsini Malakou. The speakers at the meeting were: Dr. A. J. P. (Fons) Smolders, B-WARE Research Centre; Dr A. J. Crivelli, Tour du Valat Research Centre; Dr. Spase Shumka, Protection and Preservation of Natural Environment in Albania; Dr. Trajce Talevski, Ohrid Hydrobiological Institute.




 

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